Fruit Trees

Lychee Trees, Diseases and Bats - Green Thumb Sunday

Green ThumbThe lychee is one of the most delicious fruits you will ever taste our boss Greg Daley says they are his favourite. Lychees are a fruit tree which can have what we like to call a Bumper Crop. I visited my Nanna Maisy last week in Tweed Heads who has a lychee tree which she got from Daleys Nursery 20 years ago and it looked fantastic.

lychee Tree Full ViewIt got it's first harvest in the first 3 years when it was small however when it was 10 years old it got a disease which caused a lot of the leaves to fall off. Maisy was going to cut it down however it came good and ever since it has been getting huge crops like this one. She says she never waters it.
lychee tree close up2 years ago a flying fox got caught in one of the nets and luckily my brother visited that day. He freed the bat and took off all the nets. Although it was uncovered not one bat visited the lychee that season.

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Unfortunately their memory is only for a season and last year the Bats came when the lychees were the same size as the ones pictured, they ate every single lychee even though they were green.

Because the tree is huge Nanna has placed only a few nets over the lychees at head hight. The bats came again the last 2 nights and each morning nanna is picking up 2 buckets full of half eaten green lychees they have however not eaten the ones at the bottom with the nets.

After it crops I am going to visit and give it a very aggressive prune to about 2.5 meters so that it can become mananageable again.

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  1. I think I've tasted these, but not sure. Are they used in Chinese food? That bat is huge!
    Happy GTS,

  2. Love the lychee article, but what really caught my eye was "Nanna Edmed in Twead Head." It's great start for a poem in a children's book. You might want to work on that! Hope the holidays are enjoyable and your new year is bountiful and prosperous.

  3. How interesting! I have never even heard of a Lychee tree.

  4. I love lychees...there's also another plant that is very similar that I discovered up north: the rambutan..and I am totally unable to tell the difference between them.

    My Nan and Pop lived in Bowen and Xmas as a kid is filled with memories of Bowen mangoes and lychees arriving by freight..*yum*.

  5. blueblue: The Lychee and Rambutan do look quite similar, infact, they share the same plant family too. Sapindaceae.

    The Rambutan has many soft spinterns or bristle like appendages on the skin of fruit. Whereas the Lychee lacks these and has segmented protuberances instead. (similar in appearance to that of Raspberry or Blackberry fruit).

    Both of them are excellent eating in my opinion. And very common throughout SE Asia.


  6. blueblue: It just occurred to me that you may have been referring to taste rather than appearance of Rambutan/Lychee.

    I agree with that, they do taste like one another, similar in texture too. :)


  7. Hi, in my country (New Caledonia, south pacific) this kind of bats are very appreciate: even more than lychee !
    they're protected by law to avoid a massive hunting.
    Theire meat is delicate and tasty, you can cook it roasted finishing with a splash of whisky. Preparation consist in burning the fur, but keep the wings, they're delicious.